School Counseling

School Counseling Phone #: 804-346-1310
School Counseling Fax #: 804-346-1311

Registrar: Tara L. Hargrave

Holman Counselors
Last names A-G, Mrs. Melissa Morton
Last names H-M, Mrs. Jessica Walter
Last names N-Z, Ms. Meg Balsbaugh

School Counseling News and Information:

Registration Requirements Handout

This document outlines the required documents and information needed to register your student at Holman Middle School.

Course Scheduling

There are many important dates coming up regarding the 2018-2019 scheduling process that we’d like to be sure you are aware of.  This information will help you be aware of when your child will have handouts available to share with you regarding course scheduling for next school year and when we will have opportunities at Holman to learn more about the course offerings.


January 4th – January 10th – Holman School Counselors hold course scheduling classroom lessons with 6th & 7th grade students


Wednesday, January 17th – 8th grade course scheduling meeting with High School Counselors


Thursday, January 18th —Course Scheduling Parent Program for Rising 7th and 8th grade parents, 5:30 – 6pm, Holman Auditorium


Thursday, January 18th —Holman Curriculum Fair for Rising 7th and 8th grade students and families, 6:00 – 7:00pm


International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

Applications are available for any sixth grade student interested in applying to the IB Middle Years Program at Moody Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year.  Stop by the school counseling office to request an application and/or get more information about the IB program.      There will be an open house at Moody Middle on Tuesday, October 16.    Applications are due Friday, November 16.    

Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School

Eighth grade students who meet the eligibility requirements to apply to the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School have received a packet of information about the application process.  The Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Admissions Handbook and other important information can be found on this link -  The process of applying to the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School has transitioned to an online application this school year.  If a student, who meets the application criteria, is interested in applying, the application will be submitted electronically.  The recommendations forms; however, will be completed on paper. 


The student and parent/guardian must print and complete the waiver (“Access”) section on Recommendation Forms A and B.  The recommendation forms must be given to the student’s school counselor.  The school counselors will be responsible for distributing the recommendation forms to the appropriate teachers and collecting them upon completion.  Please allow ample time for the recommendations to be carefully prepared.  The deadline date to submit recommendation forms to the student’s school counselor for distribution is December 1, 2017 at 3:30pm.


The deadline date for submitted online applications is December 1, 2017.  No late applications will be accepted.  If a student or parent/guardian has questions about the application process or the MLWGS, he/she should contact the school counseling department.   

HCPS Specialty Centers

Holman Evening Program

Please join the Holman School Counselors on Thursday, November 29th from 6:00 – 7:00pm in the Holman Auditorium for an evening program about the Specialty Centers.  The evening will include student representatives from a number of Specialty Centers, a review of all of the specialty center options, and a review of the application process.  Student representatives are excited to share with you their experience in selecting and applying to a specialty center and how the transition to a specialty center has been for them.  Please join us for this very informative evening!

Steps to Apply to a Specialty Center:

  1. Students’ parents/guardians must submit the Parent Authorization and Waiver form through their PowerSchool Parent Portal account. 
  2. Students will be able to access and complete the online application 24 hours after their parent/guardian has submitted the Parent Authorization and Waiver form.
  3. Access the HCPS Specialty Center website ( for more information, center projects, and step by step directions for completing the online applications.
  4. Complete your specialty center project, if required.  Some specialty centers require an individual project as an additional component to the application. 

School Counseling Services

Academic Counseling — assists students and their families in acquiring knowledge of curriculum choices available to students, planning an appropriate program of studies, and seeking post-secondary academic opportunities.

Career Counseling — helps students gather information and plan accordingly for work, jobs, apprenticeships, and post-secondary education and career opportunities.

Personal and/or Social Counseling — assists students in developing and understanding of themselves and the rights and needs of others; in resolving conflict; and defining individual goals, reflecting their interests, abilities, and aptitudes.

Classroom Counseling — the school counselors present counseling lessons in classrooms throughtou the school year that address developmental issues common to all middle school students (i.e., academic success, career, test-taking, bully prevention, etc.)

Group Counseling — may be requested by students, parents, or teachers. Students will meet in small groups to discuss developmental topics such as self-esteem, social skills, changing families, grief and loss, and study skills.

Individual Counseling — available to students at the request of students, parents, and teachers. The school counselor may meet individually with a student in regards to academic, career, or personal and social concerns.